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San Diego to the Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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A good Panama Canal cruise, but some misses along the way

Review for Eurodam to Panama Canal & Central America

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curmudgeon98
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

We came back to HAL after a five year absence when they offered a great casino rate for a Panama Canal cruise which had been on our "someday" list for a long time. Eurodam fits through the old locks on the canal, which makes for a more interesting transit. We kicked in for the Club Orange to let us choose one of the CQ cabins in front on deck 10 instead of the guarantee oceanview in the base ...
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Sail Date: October 2022

Cabin Type: Large Spa Ocean-View Stateroom


Cruise nightmare

Review for Nieuw Amsterdam to Panama Canal & Central America

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mmmillee
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

We chose this 17 day cruise because we wanted to go through the Panama Canal. We took a Holland America sponsored Zip Line tour in Costa Rica(41) of us. A torrential rain was predicted, but we were not made aware nor was the tour canceled.Dangerous rain including lightening dumped on us during the Zip Line. Of course, we were attached to metal lines with metal equipment. There was a flood of the ...
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Sail Date: October 2022

Cabin Type: Superior Verandah Suite

Traveled with disabled person


Holland America changing and not for the better

Review for Nieuw Amsterdam to Panama Canal & Central America

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APSHEPPARD
10+ Cruises • Age 80s

We have sailed many times with HAL as well as other lines from Regent and Crystal to NCL and Carnival. HAL has always offered large suites at reasonable cost, but this cruise showed they are cutting corners everywhere. Some examples: Lunch menu in dining room never changes. Dinner there has a very limited menu with changes: additional charges for many items, e.g., shrimp cocktail now $8.50 ...
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Sail Date: October 2022

Cabin Type: Deluxe Verandah Suite


Staff made our trip to the panama canal special

Review for Celebrity Millennium to Panama Canal & Central America

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dnlp925
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

chose this cruise because of the destination and the excellent pricing. Ship is older but well maintained and the newer furnishings are soft colors and interesting. Ship was less than one half full and that made for open elevators and less congestion all over the ship We had all shots and boosters and pretest but still got Covid on the ship. We quarantined for 5 out of the 15 days in our room ...
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Sail Date: September 2022


Fresh beginnings!

Review for Nieuw Amsterdam to Panama Canal & Central America

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Lynn@ECGA
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We sailed on HA from San Diego through the Panama Canal departing on 10/06/21 on Nieuw Amsterdam which was the continuation of the ship's Alaska cruises that marked HA return to North American cruises after pandemic. While the cruise was certainly a decent value there were some issues that made it less so than the same trip on HA in 2018. Most notably are the surcharges on food in the dining room ...
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Sail Date: October 2021

Traveled with disabled person


Panama Canal

Review for Carnival Miracle to Panama Canal & Central America

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Huskerjay50
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

Warm weather cruise in both the Pacific and Atlantic. Staff was ...as usual, outstanding. The ship was set to be refurbished at the end of this cruise. It needed it. Really could have been discounted because of the needed repairs. Carnival has really fallen off in quality since we started with them nearly 35 years ago. Food quality and entertainment need upgraded. It would have been good to ...
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Sail Date: February 2020

Cabin Type: Extended Balcony


Carnival Miracle Panama Canal

Review for Carnival Miracle to Panama Canal & Central America

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Osoyoos Tommy
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

We loved everything about this cruise....except the comedian(so bad it was embarrassing- many people left halfway through his performance) and the Comedy Club hostess with her squeaky voice and her fake hair flips. The food experience was exquisite. Indrawan was our favorite waiter. Attentive, professional, and always smiling! The meals were delicious each day. The dining room was spectacular. ...
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Sail Date: February 2020

Cabin Type: Balcony


Not our cup of tea

Review for Oosterdam to Panama Canal & Central America

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seawife2
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

This is our 7th cruise.We had a signature suite. Other cruises have been 14 day transatlantic on Celeberity, Princess, and Royal Caribbean. This ranks last on our ratings. Pros: Crew all very friendly, pleasant, helpful and seem to be very happy. Food was very good at first. Canned music was subtle and unobtrusive.Cons: Too many to list but here are the main ones. Ship is very tired and not well ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Signature Superior Verandah Suite


A few minuses, but overall lots and lots of pluses

Review for Oosterdam to Panama Canal & Central America

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ElEl
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

We sailed on the Holland-America Oosterdam’s 18-day Panama Canal cruise (January 15-February 5, 2020) from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale. My wife and I are in our 70’s, and we are four-star HAL Mariners. We had temperatures that were mostly in the 70’s and 80’s and lots and lots of sunshine. (There was very little rain during these 18 days.) We packed sunscreen and some 30% Deet insect repellent ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Neptune Deluxe Verandah Suite


Good ship—except...

Review for Oosterdam to Panama Canal & Central America

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Kruisysue8
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

We wanted a cruise where we didn’t have airfare to contend with. We can drive from Phoenix to San Diego, leave our car in a hotel that stores it for free, and take the free shuttle from the Best Western Yacht Harbor ($137 a night) to the cruise port. Perfect. This was only seven days but it only cost $1249 so we were very happy with that part of it. We love absolutely everything about this ship ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Large Outside Stateroom (fully obstructed views)


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